Principal Advisor, Ethics, Quality Assurance and Safety, Health System Improvement and Innovation, Ministry of Health, Wellington, NZ
Nic Aagaard is the Principal Advisor for Ethics at the Ministry of Health, providing ethics advice and internal strategic policy advice on national ethical issues and human rights issues. Nic provides advice independently to the Minister of Health, seven national bioethics/health research ethics committees, the Ministry of Health and the health and disability sector. He has an academic background in ethics and philosophy with a Masters in Bioethics from Monash University. In 2017 Nic was awarded a fellowship to work at the Global Ethics Unit at the World Health Organisation in Geneva where he worked on ethical guidelines for surveillance. In 2018 he represented New Zealand at the Global Summit of National Bioethics Committees, held in Dakar Senegal. Nic has papers published on research ethics and consent, and is involved in clinical trials and qualitative research projects relating to ethical review of health and disability research.
Bioethics in New Zealand - Developing Standards and Bioethical Solutions
Bioethics promotes the consideration of values in the prioritisation and justification of actions by health professionals, researchers, and policymakers that may impact the health and well-being of patients, families, and communities. National Ethics Committees comprised of experts and stakeholders, may be established by the government to ensure robust assessment of issues and offer empirically - informed identification of ethical solutions and policy recommendations. Bioethics is an interdisciplinary field encompassing a broad range of domains and issues.
I will be presenting work from our national ethics committees, including the National Ethical Standards for Health and Disability Research and Quality Improvement. The National Ethics Standards set out the established ethical standards that apply to all health and disability research in New Zealand. I will also be presenting on the Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting for National Bioethics/Ethics Committees. The Asia-Pacific Regional Meeting for National Bioethics/Ethics Committees is held once in every two years and brings together national ethics committees, as well as ethics/bioethics focal points in governments, from around the world to share their thoughts and experiences in relation to bioethical issues.